After Sonic, a creature with incredible speed, is discovered on earth by the sheriff of a small town, he must save him from an evil doctor, who wants to use its power to take over the world.
We have come a long way since the production of this Sonic the Hedgehog movie. From the horrifying, “realistic” redesign of the character, to its delayed production schedule, it was not looking good for fans of the classic SEGA games. And while the film does not feature any of Sonic’s other friends (Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose, etc.), it is an enjoyable time to say the least.
The best parts of this movie, by far, are Sonic the Hedgehog (Ben Schwartz) and Doctor Robotnik (Jim Carrey), whose charm and banter continuously fill the movie with humor and wit. However, there are a few recycled and cliche jokes, including one scene that references X-Men: Days of Future Past. But for the most part, its decent and light hearted enough for everyone to enjoy. Everything from the surprising subtext on technology versus humanity to the impressive CGI/ action sequences, comes together to make one of the best video game movies, to date.
Unfortunately, the film is a little similar to many road trip films we have seen before and the film has too many plot holes. For instance, the main human protagonist Tom Wachowski (James Marsden) is deemed a domestic terrorist, but this accusation is never brought up again. The first act also does not have a lot of background for the characters and the world he lives in. The movie is about Sonic, so it does makes sense that Jeff Fowler would want to save this information for a sequel.
Marsden and Tika Sumpter’s acting are a little too noticeable, but the product placement for Olive Garden quickly pushes that issue aside. With TWO separate in script mentions for the Italian eatery, it gives the film a weird corporate overtone, to the point where one may question if they are watching a video game adventure or the same bland, generic family comedy they have at home. The pacing can also be slow at times, as the adventure that Sonic and Tom go on takes it’s time to get there.
Overall, Sonic the Hedgehog is a decent adventure, with some comedic performances, heartfelt moments and swift action scenes to go around. While it does not use all of its resources to its advantage, like previous video game adaptations, such as Wreck it Ralph or Detective Pikachu it seems to be on the right track, though it takes some time to get there.